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Report 92-6: Commission Comments on the Systems' Preliminary Funding Gap Reports: A Report to the Legislature and the Governor in Response to Supplemental Report Language of the 1991 Budget Act

Published by The California Postsecondary Education Commission

March 1992

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Supplemental Budget Language to the State's 1991-92 State Budget directed the California Community Colleges, the California State University, the University of California, and the California Student Aid Commission to prepare "funding gap" reports to document the gap or difference between their State appropriation and the funding needed to support their unique missions under the State's Master Plan. In addition, each was asked to comment on the impact that its funding gap has had on student access and program quality, along with its plans for maintaining its mission given its current State funding and its recommendations for future funding of the system. Each was to submit a preliminary report by December 15, 1991, and a final report by April 1, 1992.

The Supplemental Budget language also directed the Commission to comment and review both the preliminary and final reports submitted by the systems. This report represents the Commission's response to the systems' first set of documents.

Following an introductory section, this document reviews the systems' preliminary reports beginning with that of the California Community Colleges and followed by those of the California State University, the University of California, and California student Aid Commission. For each report it summarizes (1) the overall content, (2) highlights of the report, (3) likely effects of the Governor's proposed 1992-93 State Budget on the principle issues raised in the report, and (4) issues that need to be addressed in each system's final funding gap report in order for the system to be responsive to the Legislature's Supplemental Report Language. Attached to this document as appendices are the four reports themselves.

The Commission adopted this document at its meeting of March 30, 1992, on recommendation of its Ad Hoc Committee on Student Fees, Financial Aid, and the State Budget.

Later this year, after the Commission receives the final funding gap report from the systems and the Student Aid Commission, it will issue a follow-up document to this one, reviewing and commenting on those reports. In the meantime, as part of the Postsecondary Education Commission's continuing work on issues of educational equity, the Commission will analyze the impact that under funding of the systems is having on the State's progress toward its educational equity goals.

Related Topics: Budgeting and Financing of Higher Education

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